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Surah Ta-Ha Ayat 70 in Arabic Text

فَأُلْقِىَ ٱلسَّحَرَةُ سُجَّدًۭا قَالُوٓا۟ ءَامَنَّا بِرَبِّ هَـٰرُونَ وَمُوسَىٰ
Fa ulqiyas saharatu sujjadan qaalooo aamannaa bi Rabbi Haaroona wa Moosa

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 70

Sahih International
So the magicians fell down in prostration. They said, “We have believed in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.”

Yusuf Ali
So the magicians were thrown down to prostration: they said, “We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses”.

Abul Ala Maududi
Eventually the magicians were impelled to fall down prostrate and said: “We believe in the Lord of Moses and Aaron.”

Muhsin Khan
So the magicians fell down prostrate. They said: “We believe in the Lord of Harun (Aaron) and Musa (Moses).”

Pickthall
Then the wizards were (all) flung down prostrate, crying: We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.

Dr. Ghali
Then the sorcerers were (all) cast down constantly prostrating. They said, “We believe in The Lord of Harû‍n (Aaron) and Mûsa.”

Abdel Haleem
[So it was, and] the sorcerers threw themselves down in submission. ‘We believe,’ they said, ‘in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.’

Quran 20 Verse 70 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Ta-Ha ayat 70, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(20:70) Eventually the magicians were impelled to fall down prostrate[43] and said: “We believe in the Lord of Moses and Aaron.”[44]


43. When they saw the power of the staff of Moses (peace be upon him), they involuntarily fell prostrate as if someone had made them do so, because they were convinced that it was a miracle and not a feat of magic.

44. This profession of faith by the magicians shows that everyone was aware of the basic object of the encounter. It was not an encounter between the feats of the magicians and those of Prophet Moses (peace be upon him), but it was to decide whether the claim of Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) that he was a Messenger of Allah was true or not. If this staff was actually turned into a dragon, it was by means of a miracle. On the other hand, Pharaoh intended to prove by the feats of his magicians that it was not a miracle but a feat of magic. Incidentally, this also shows that Pharaoh and his magicians and the common people fully understood the distinction between a miracle and a feat of magic. ,That is why when the magicians saw that it was a miracle shown by the power of Allah which had exposed their magic, they did not say that Moses (peace be upon him) was a more skillful magician, but straightway fell prostrate, saying: We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.

It is obvious that the defeat turned the tables on Pharaoh who had himself arranged the encounter to expose Prophet Moses (peace be upon him). He had mustered all his magicians with a view to demonstrating before the public that there was nothing extraordinary in turning a staff into a serpent for this could be done by any magician. But the defeat of the magicians and their acknowledgment testified that Moses (peace be upon him) was really a Messenger of Allah and the transformation of the staff was not a feat of magic but a miracle.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ta-Ha verse 70 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Taha ayat 65 which provides the complete commentary from verse 65 through 70.

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